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Former Osun LG chairman, others bag 4yrs jailterm

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An Osun State Magistrate Court sitting in Osogbo has sentenced the former chairman of Iwo West Local Council Development Area in Osun State, Tajudeen Babatunde, along with five others to four years imprisonment.

Other convicts are; Kasumu Arohunfesu, an octogenarian, Sunday Ajoko, Kohonu Deboye, Adeoye Alabi, and Jonas John.

The case was prosecuted by Mikaheel Idris from the Ministry of Justice, representing the complainant, the Oosa Olaniyi family of Iwo.

The charges against the defendants included conspiracy to commit felony damage and destruction of farmland, which took place on or before February 16, 2019, at Ayigbiri Orupekere farm in Iwo.

The prosecution detailed that the convicts had destroyed 400 palm trees and other economic trees valued at N10 million and subsequently set the farm on fire.

Magistrate Abimbola Famuyide, in delivering the judgment, affirmed that the evidence against the defendants was overwhelming and beyond any reasonable doubt, leading to their conviction and sentencing.

The counsel to the convicts, Laide Yekini, urged the court to temper justice with mercy on his clients by giving them an option of a fine.

Famuyide sentenced each of the convicts to four years on counts one and four, and two years each on counts two and three.

She considered the age of Arohunfesu and gave him an option of N80,000 to avoid going to prison. She also directed the complainant to approach the court of competent jurisdiction for compensation, restitution or appeal.

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